Vol 17, No 8

Optical multi-color monitoring of OJ 287 from 2006 to 2012

Qian Guo, Ding-Rong Xiong, Jin-Ming Bai, Xu-Liang Fan, Wei-Min Yi


Abstract We present our optical multi-color monitoring of the BL Lac object OJ 287 from January 2006 to December 2012 in the V, R and I bands. A relatively active state in OJ 287 has been found over all monitored epochs, among which the variations of average magnitude in V/R/I bands were measured with ∆V =1.956 mag, ∆R =2.067 mag and ∆I =2.115 mag, respectively. No reliable intraday variability is detected, but possible variability is detected on 16 nights. Their relative variation amplitudes fall into the range between 1% and 8%, with the majority between 2% and 4%. No time lags have been detected, but strong correlations exist among light curves in the three wavebands. The bluer-when-brighter trend is dominant over intraday timescales, which supports the shock-in-jet model. When combining with additional V/R band data obtained from SMARTS and the Steward Observatory, we also find a bluer-when-brighter trend over a long-term timescale. Some possible periods of 513, 176, 36, 30, 26, 17 and 14 d are found in all time-series data sets from 2006 to 2017. Possible explanations about these periods are given.


Keywords BL Lacertae objects: individual (OJ 287) — galaxies: active — galaxies: photometry

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